What is the Difference Between AirBnB Superhost and AirBnB Plus?
Posted by Amanda Schauer | Monday, May 13, 2019

What is the difference between Airbnb Superhost and AirBnB Plus?

Table of Contents

  • History
    • Airbnb Superhost: Started in 2016, automatically reviewed 4 times a year.
    • Airbnb Plus: Started in 2018, hosts must apply
  • Eligibility
    • Airbnb Superhost: Must meet 5 criteria to qualify for Superhost status
    • Airbnb Plus: Must meet 6 criteria to qualify for Plus
  • Applying and Fees
    • Airbnb Superhost: Automatically reviewed 4 times a year, no application fee.
    • Airbnb Plus: Must apply for Airbnb Plus, $149 application fee.
  • Pros and Cons
  • Links


Airbnb Superhost

Airbnb launched its Superhost program in 2016 to recognize hosts that set and uphold high standards for hosting. Superhost status is automatically given to any hosts that meet the qualifications during AirBnB’s review dates.

Airbnb Review Dates Are: January 1st, April 1st, July 1st, And October 1st


Airbnb Plus

Airbnb launched Airbnb Plus in 2018 to mark AirBnB’s 10th Anniversary. Airbnb Plus is considered a ‘hotel-like tier of service’ and is only available for a very exclusive set of hosts. Once a listing is eligible for AirBnB Plus, hosts that wish to be considered for AirBnB Plus have to go through the following process:Complete a Home Checklist, Schedule and complete a remote visual assessment, Complete a home visit with a third-party inspector, Reviewing the home visit report and making any necessary changes


Airbnb Superhost


  • Airbnb account in good standing
  • 4.8+ average overall rating
  • 10+ stays in the past year
  • 0 cancellations in the past year
  • 90% response rate to new messages within 24 hours

Airbnb Superhosts are valid for the current qualification period and are renewed if hosts meet the qualifications for the next period. If a host fails to meet the qualifications, the superhost status will be automatically revoked.

Airbnb Plus


  • The listing must be an entire place or private room with a private bathroom
  • The listing must be in a qualifying location
  • 4.8+ average overall rating
  • Accepted 95% of booking requests over the past year
  • Not canceled any reservations
  • Maintained Airbnb Hospitality Standards

Airbnb Plus status is valid for all long as the listing continues to qualify and is solely up to AirBnB’s discretion.

Applying and Fees

Airbnb Superhost

As of April 2019, there is no application and no fees associated with becoming an Airbnb Superhost. Airbnb automatically adds new qualifying superhosts during their review dates.

Airbnb Plus

Once a listing meets the eligibility criteria, the host must click a button on the listing to be considered for AirBnB Plus. There is an application fee of $149 per listing to schedule an AirBnB Plus home visit.

The Airbnb Plus Application Process:

  • Complete a Home Checklist
  • Schedule and Complete a remote visual assessment
  • Complete a home visit with a third-party inspector
  • Review the home visit report and make any necessary changes to meet the program’s qualifications

Pros and Cons

Airbnb Superhost

Benefits of AirBnB Superhost: Earn up to 22% more than traditional Airbnb hosts, Featured in guest search results, emails, and more, Superhosts get an additional 20% on top of the usual bonus when they refer new hosts

Airbnb Plus

AirBnB Plus Benefits: 7x more listing views 70% more nights booked, All-New design and layout for your listing page, An immersive photo home tour so guests can visualize the space, Categorized placement in search results, Interior design advice, editorial suggestions, and professional photography, Priority Airbnb support

Airbnb Plus Drawbacks

  • The requirement to List Exclusively
    • This requirement states that any property within the Airbnb Plus program can only be listed exclusively with AirBnB plus. This means that these properties would not be able to be listed on VRBO/ HomeAway,, Expedia or any other online booking system. If an AirBnB Plus listing is found to have been in violation with this requirement, Airbnb can remove you from the Program indefinitely.


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